Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sharing MO with My Sis, Denise

Wow - have been running around, getting up early to feed dogs and then share the sights and sounds of Cape Girardeau, MO with my sister, Denise, from Sioux Falls, SD. We had a great time, though she was a bit over-whelmed with the Pack. At home, Denise has a lovely, chatty cat named Oliver. Her favorite dog here was Justus :). I had last seen Denise when my dad died and she had last been to Cape when I was sick in 1995 - so it was high time we spent some time together.

Denise at STL Marriott checking in with hubby
I had not been to the STL airport in a long time, was coming off two tough night shifts, had 1/2 hr sleep before leaving, slept 1/2 hr at a rest stop on the way and then took the wrong interstate - I headed to Kansas City instead of St. Louis. Oy, vey - called sis after was on I-44 which I was sure was in the right direction; she had gone to a Marriott so no longer was even at the airport - whew, glad I called; got directions to that Marriott. Did you know Marriotts have different types and names? I didn't so stopped at two before finding Denise. We stayed the night - wonderful room! - and headed back early in the morning. Good weather but cooler than has been - was cool all weekend long.

Shared the dogs - a bit overload for my sis who entertains people a lot but not animals so much. Her husband keeps the backyard wildlife well fed and watered; Denise loves on Oliver.

Broke in a new pet sitter - she is awesome, did very well by my dogs and me - just starting her business - Run Your Tail Off; Deb is a runner so wants to combine her love of dogs with her running; Justus is all geared up (what, you're not? well, get cracking, baby!). She fed and cared for them Sat. eve and Sunday morning, coming back Sunday afternoon to throw the ball for Molly T., find Shiloh across the highway (bad dog) and put Sweet Pea into her house crate 'cause she seemed chilled.

Sweet Pea - small dog, big bed
Denise at the Arch
Denise is an antiquing fiend, so we spent time in those stores as well as Safe Harbor Thrift Shop.
We went to the Bollinger Mill/Covered Bridge State Park, Charleston Dogwood/Azalea Festival, and visited Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary to show off all we, particularly Alice, have done for cats and dogs. On the way to the airport (yes, knew the way this time), we stopped by the St. Louis Arch, Gateway to the West.  We had a great time! And now, back to regularly scheduled programming.
Denise at Bollinger Covered Bridge with Mill in background


Bassetmomma said...

Wow! How great that you got to spend some time with your sister! Sounds like you had a fun but very busy time. She must have enjoyed seeing all the sights with you. nice to hear you've got a dog sitter you like. I love the picture of Sweet Pea on that huge bed!

Jen said...

Busy, busy!

Wow, I somehow had no idea that the Arch was that big. I mean I knew and all, but I guess just didn't have a proper frame of reference.

pennypup said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your sister, albit the few unplanned detours!

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

The pack may be overwhelming, but I'm sure Denise was delighted. Good to have some sister times.

Pamela said...

So great that you've found a good dog sitter. It's nice to think you might get a break every once in a while--even without the dogs.

Sounds like you showed your sister a great time. Glad you were able to spend the time together.